Monday, May 11, 2015

Warm Season Vegetable Transplanting and Plant Sale Recommendation

This past week we saw a week of rain ending with snow that dropped 3.3 inches of precipitation in my Denver garden. The wet week ended May 10th with an overnight low of 31 degrees F.
Two years in a row! Tomatoes in Wall
O'Waters on May 12, 2014.

Any early-transplanted warm season vegetables required protection with Walls O'Water or second best the use of frost blankets. Even so warm season vegetables will likely be set back and take time to resume growth. Cloudy weather during the week didn't allow much solar gain for Walls O'Water.

Planting thoughts this week should take into account wet soils. Give them time to dry to a medium moisture content before transplanting or seeding. Don't walk in or work soil when wet; you will only destroy soil structure if you do. Meanwhile, consider what warm season vegetable varieties you want to plant this year.

Vegetable transplants being grown
by Denver Master Gardeners for their
May 16 and 17, 2015 sale.
I'm impressed with the wide selection of vegetable varieties offered by CSU Extension Denver Master Gardeners at their spring plant sale this coming weekend. The sale is Saturday, May 16 from 8am to 3pm and Sunday the 17th from 10am to 3pm.

Location is the Denver CSU Extension office in Harvard Gulch Park, 888 E. Iliff Ave, Denver, CO. This plant sale promises to be worth a visit and proceeds benefit CSU Denver's education programs.

Click to download and then open this file for more information and a list of varieties offered at the sale: Denver CMG Spring Plant Sale.

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